- Paperback: 299 pages
- Publisher: Hale Publishing; 1st edition (June 9, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977226867
- ISBN-13: 978-0977226863
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Working without Weaning: A working mother's guide to breastfeeding 1st Edition
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Most of these types of books are written by stay-at-home moms (what working mom would have the extra time to write a book?!) so there are very few resources about breastfeeding and pumping once you're back at work. And yet, it's such a challenging thing to do, that I believe every working mama needs this kind of support.
La Leche League wasn't very helpful because all the LLL leaders are stay at home or part-time moms (lucky them) and have no personal experience with working outside the home 40 hours a week. The breastfeeding support group meetings are during working hours so that was no help to me either.
But my opinion is that without some helpful resources (like this book, an online support group, or, if you're lucky, a local support group for working moms with meetings on weekends or evenings), most women who go back to work will give up pumping and ultimately breastfeeding earlier than they otherwise would. It's a really hard thing to do and having support makes all the difference.
This book is packed full of helpful info and I really wish I had it when my first child was born and I had to go back to work. Now that I'm about to have my second child, I just know I'm going to be a lot more successful this time around.
I will be forever grateful to the author for writing this book and creating the online support group for working moms!
My only (teensy weensy) complaint is that the author clearly didn't have an editor and the finished product would have been better with a professional editor. The writing style is very casual and that gives it kind of a personal feel. But it's kind of annoying to have typos here and there, and also to wade through some sentences that just aren't well written and thus cause confusion for the reader until you go back and read it a second time. Hopefully there will be a 2nd edition that will have an editor. But let this not deter you from buying this book.
If you're working and pumping, please do yourself a favor and get at least one book that can provide you with the support you're going to need.
Thanks to this book, I knew what to expect from myself and my baby from the day he was born. He is now 7 weeks old and we haven't had any speedbumps while breastfeeding, though several others in my birthing class "cohort" have. My husband also read this book (with a highlighter!)--he was always supportive, but now he knows what I need to do and how he can help. He is extremely proud to feed our baby my breastmilk while I'm working.
One of the best prenatal purchases for any working mom!